After a $15.15 million renovation, Houston Market is re-opening this Tuesday. Changes have been made to the food vendors and seating area, but campus favorites, such as the sushi bowl station and the pasta bar, remain.
Houston Market’s construction was officially completed Aug. 19, but the building was not open to students until the first day of classes on Aug. 28. The new menu will offer breakfast food as well as treats such as gelato.
Houston Market has also introduced a section called the Market Café, which will sell a range of desserts as well as cheese and meat platters, said Barbara Lea-Kruger, the spokesperson for Penn's Business Services.
Other new food vendors include a Mongolian grill called Ginger Spruce, which will allow diners to create their own bowls with vegetables and a choice of shrimp, beef, or chicken.
Old favorites, such as the Houston Grill, will remain in operation. Lea-Kruger added that the Japanese Bento stall, popular for its sushi bowls, will see a larger seating space and a wider menu.
“People are going to see a dynamic change in the space,” Lea-Kruger said. “The seating area has been rearranged so that it’s a place students want to hang out.”
Another addition is the introduction of kiosks. Students will be able to place orders at the kiosks and find a seat before going back to a platform to pick up their food, said Director of Business and Hospitality Services Pam Lampitt.
College junior Ila Sethi said she is excited to see what the renovation and new technology brings.
“The lines at Houston were always pretty long," Sethi said. "Having new technology can definitely make it more quick and on the go.”
Houston Market will also now be open later, until 10 p.m. on weekdays.
The renovations at Houston join other recent updates to food options on campus, including Franklin's Table at 34th and Walnut streets, &Pizza on 39th and Walnut streets, and SolBol at 38th and Spruce streets.
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